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Thursday, September 25, 2014

How to Reborn and be Happy in 15 Days? Top 6 Ashrams to Stay

Ashram in nature's lap at Rishikesh
Ashram in nature's lap at Rishikesh

Why Should You Travel and Stay in an Ashram?

The magic of Ashrams in India is simply mesmeric. They breathe life into your mundane world by lifting your spirits and placing you at the peak of happiness.

This is achieved by making you realize-
1. We are each responsible for our own happiness. Sounds so simple, doesn't it?
2. The mind is something we can control.
3. Have more faith and be happy

This is an ultimate experience and one that you should take to take a new birth and life. Try to give an ashram at least 15 days, the longer you stay, the more the effects of the process will take hold. You need time to rid your body of toxins, calm your mind, open your soul and plant the seeds of happiness. This is the basic objective and benefits of Ashrams in India. An unforgettable experience in an ashram will terminate your wild goose chase for health, peace and happiness.

If you are looking for 5 star comforts, mouthwatering cuisine and beautiful women or men around you, then forget about having a divine new birth. Instead, go to any spa in 5 star resorts in India. You will find so called Yoga suited to your comforts and will guarantee that you go back to the same fixed boring routine from where you came.

My selections, especially for my discerning friends traveling to seek bliss 

1. Arsha Yoga Gayathri, Cochin

Arsha Yoga: Yoga retreat at a beach near Fort Cochin, Kerala, India

Arsha Yoga Gayathri, Cochin
Arsha Yoga Gayathri, Cochin
The ashram is owned by a very friendly couple, Harilal from south India and his wife Meera from Czech Republic, both very dedicated yogis. The location of the ashram is just amazing, right in front of a paradise beach called Gayathri Beach. Such a peaceful and calm atmosphere. They own two neighboring houses (a white house and a yellow house) that they use for the yoga courses. They have rooms in both houses where they receive the guests, but the main house for the courses is the yellow house where there is a small yoga hall at the roof top. An ideal place for a personal yoga retreat or holiday to just relax, enjoy the beach and practice yoga.

How to get there:

By train: nearest train station is Thrissur (22 km-45 min journey)

By air: nearest international airport is Cochin (COK) (60 km-1,5 to 2 hrs journey)

By bus: bus stop is called Vadanapally. From Guruvayur catch the bus to Ernakulam/ Kodungalur. From Thrissur catch the bus to Thriprayar/Vatanapally and get down at Vatanapally. From Ernakulam (Cochin) catch the bus to Guruvayur and get down at Vatanapally stop, which is a 2 hour bus journey. From Vatanapally one can call an autoriksha to Gayathri. Tell the driver to go to Edasheri beach. The ride will cost you approx. 60-80 Rs.

If you are interested the ashram can arrange transfer from/to the Cochin airport for approx. 1800 Rs.

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2. Tureya Ashram

Outside view from Tureya Ashram
Outside view from Tureya Ashram
Hiking in the hills
Hiking in the hills
Located on the western side of the Elephant Valley in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India the Tureya ashram has settled into one of the few mountainous regions in southern India. Approximately 30 minutes from the Kodaikanal city center, the ashram has the convenience of road access and electricity, but is far enough removed from the city to be immersed in the sanctuary of nature’s mountainous ecosystem. The only facility on the west side of the valley, the ashram is bathed in the silent beauty of a primarily wild environment (aside from the few farmers who grow carrots, beans, potatoes, and garlic on hand sown terraced fields).
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3. Cherian Ashram Holistic Centre

 Cherian Ashram Holistic Centre
Cherian Ashram Holistic Centre was founded in 2003 with a vision to provide holistic health, and to help the patients live a drug free life.


Cherian Ashram Ayurvedic Resort is centrally located in Kottayam, the heart of Kerala. A ten minute drive from Kottayam railway station on KK Road, which connects the Kumarakom backwaters to the Thekkady wildlife sanctuary.

Two nearest airports - Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram are at a distance of 65KM and 150KM respectively.

The term “Holistic” is derived from the word "wholestic", in medical vocabulary it connotes the system of treatment meant for the wellbeing of the human entity in its entirety, comprising of body, mind & soul. It is not merely a treatment to cure diseases. It has more a preventive role to play in as much as it keeps the diseases away from us by keeping our body, mind & soul in a highly, healthy condition.
The center has an individualistic approach of treatment wherein each patient is administered treatments on his/her entire individuality combining required Allopathic, Ayurvedic, Siddha, Acupressure, Agnihotra, Yoga and meditation techniques.
The center is located in a serene environment total greenery. Being 500 meters away from national highway (NH220), the center enjoys the merit of pollution-free and noise-free environment, as well as easy road access. The Ashram concept of the centre is unique for the young and old alike as everyone is stressed in life. The Ashram is founded on the principals of eco-friendly ambience on a daily Agnihotra practice both at sun rise and sunset.
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4. Isha Foundation Ashram

Isha Foundation Ashram
Isha Foundation Ashram
The Isha Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in 1992. Its purpose is to foster people's spiritual and physical wellbeing through yoga and outreach programs, such as environmental rejuvenation. The core of the Foundation's activities is a customized system of yoga called Isha Yoga. The 3-7 day introductory program, known as Inner Engineering, introduces guided meditations and a powerful inner energy process for deep inner transformation.

How to Get to the Yoga Center

The Isha Yoga Center is situated 30 kms. West of Coimbatore at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains, part of the Nilgiris Biosphere. Coimbatore, a major industrial city in South India, is well connected by air, rail and road. Airlines operate regular flights to Coimbatore from Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Train services are available from all major cities in India. Regular bus and taxi services are also available from Coimbatore to Isha Yoga Center.
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5. The Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram, Dwarahat.

A must!
Unfortunately, you are allowed to stay for maximum 10 days at the ashram and only for Self Realization Fellowship
Dwarahat is a small town in Almora district in the Kumaon region of Uttrakhand State. It has an average altitude of 5000 ft (1500 m). The climate is cool all round the year and is especially cold in the winter months (November-February).
 Dwarahat town
 Dwarahat town

The YSS Ashram is located about 1.5 km from the Dwarahat town and is surrounded by pine forest on all sides. On the way from town to the Ashram, to the right is the Government Rest House, where Sri Daya Mataji had stayed during her visit to the cave in 1963-64 at the YSS ashram had not been built then.
An amazing place!

How to Reach

By Road
Dwarahat is connected to various cities in North India. (About 400 km from Delhi, 475 km from Lucknow, 450 km from Dehradun, 375 km from Haridwar, and 38 km from Ranikhet).
By Rail
Kathgodam is the nearest Railway Station. It is well connected by trains from Delhi, Kolkota, Lucknow, Jammu and Dehradun. From here you can go by a private taxi or by a share taxi or by bus. The ashram is around 120 km.
(Route: Kathgodam – Bhimtal – Bhowali – Garampani – Khairna – Ranikhet - Dwarahat)
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6. The Divine Life Society, Ashram

The Divine Life Society, Ashram
Founded by Swami Sivananda
Rishikesh is 225 km by road north-north-east of Delhi on the Delhi-Badrinath National Highway. Sivananda Ashram is 3 km from Rishikesh, on the way to Badrinath. This region is known as 'Devabhoomi,' region of gods, and the area around the Ashram as Muni-Ki-Reti. Rishikesh is 24 km from the well-known pilgrim center, Haridwar, and 45 km from Dehra Dun, the capital of the state of Uttarakhand.

Objective: To make every attempt to cultivate divine virtues, selflessness, straightforwardness, courage, serenity, generosity, mercy and self-restraint, this in reality is Divine life or life in God. Ever keep up a balanced mind in success and failures, censures and praise, honor and dishonor, gain and loss, heat and cold. Give up identification with the body, wife, children and all kinds of property. Identify yourself with the all-pervading immortal blissful Atman and rest peacefully in Brahman.
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  1. Very useful tips to me...nice post and blog..
    Thank you...

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  2. A good post. Silent, calm surroundings matter for relaxation, meditation etc. Therefore ashrams are built keeping these in mind.

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